Attack at Somalia hotel – level 1

24-08-2022 07:00

A group of men attack a hotel in Mogadishu. The city is the capital of Somalia. Politicians often meet in this hotel.

The attack happens last Friday. Two bombs explode outside the hotel. The attackers run inside. They kill 12 people. They hold some people hostage. Some people run away.

Nobody really knows how many attackers are in the hotel. They belong to Al-Shabab. Al-Shabab is a militant group. It is a part of Al-Qaeda.

Al-Shabab controls southern and central Somalia. It fights against the government. Al-Shabab may want to control other parts of the country.

Difficult words: hostage (a person who somebody traps to get something), militant group (a group of people believe something so strongly that they fight for it), government (the people who lead a country).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What do you think about this news?


News in Levels is designed to teach you 3000 words in English. Please follow the instructions

How to improve your English with News in Levels: 


  1. Do the test at Test Languages.
  2. Go to your level. Go to Level 1 if you know 1-1000 words. Go to Level 2 if you know 1000-2000 words. Go to Level 3 if you know 2000-3000 words.


  1. Read two news articles every day.
  2. Read the news articles from the day before and check if you remember all new words.


  1. Listen to the news from today and read the text at the same time.
  2. Listen to the news from today without reading the text.


  1. Answer the question under today’s news and write the answer in the comments.


  1. Choose one person from the Skype section.
  2. Talk with this person. You can answer questions from Speak in Levels.


Stock images by Depositphotos